As a health care provider, you are in an ideal position to talk to your patients about weight control since excess weight can lead to diabetes, heart disease and other medical problems. At Medical Metabolic Specialists, we understand that this conversation is not always easy to have but is certainly important.
Quickly Addressing Weight Problems in Clinic
Rule #1: You don’t have to talk about diet, exercise or life circumstance. Certainly, don’t start there.
Rule #2: Focus on readiness! When the topic of weight arises, think about stages of change.
When they say: I can’t, I won’t, make an excuse, or tell how great their diet is.
What it means : Pre-contemplation stage of change. They can’t see it or don’t want to look at it.
What you do: Connect their weight or their behaviors to something they care about.
When they say: I might
What it means: Contemplation stage of change. They are on the edge.
What you do: Give a nudge. “Weight loss would really help.”
When they say: I will
What it means: Preparation stage of change
What you do: Ask for a plan and commitment: “How will you do that? When will you start?”
When they say: I am
What it means: Action stage of change. They are doing something.
What you do: Be encouraging. Say something positive. Let them know help is available.
Rule #3 : Use the right words or they may not hear what you say.
A recent study conducted at The University of Pennsylvania points to potential dangers of weight bias internalization. While the results are mixed, there is new evidence to support the association between weight bias internalization and risk for metabolic syndrome.
Weight bias includes (WBI) pervasive negative stereotypes and prejudice regarding an individual’s overweight, such as attributions of responsibility and/or incompetence. New research suggests that adults with obesity seeking weight-loss treatment, who scored higher on a WBI scale were more likely to have metabolic syndrome compared to those with lower scores.
Medical Metabolic Specialists, located in Fort Collins, Colorado, is dedicated to using the latest scientific techniques to create a comprehensive, individualized. lifelong weight management program to improve your overall health.